South Sudan: scheduled meeting between Kiir and Machar in Uganda

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are due to meet in Uganda on Thursday to discuss crucial issues, including security issues.

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The meeting is being held just days before the formation of a unity government, the two sides announced.

Originally scheduled in May was postponed until November 12 due to disagreements over unresolved issues, such as the formation of a unified army, and the borders of the South Sudanese states.

“President Salva Kiir has gone to Kampala this morning,” said Ateny spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny. Messrs. Kiir and Machar “will discuss the question of the future of the peace agreement (…) on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan”.

The meeting is scheduled to be held as part of the mediation led by the Igad regional organization, whose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is a key player.

Observers find it difficult at the moment to predict what will happen on November 12, but all agree that progress in the implementation of the peace agreement signed in September 2018 in Addis Ababa is insufficient .

Riek Machar had called on October 20 for another postponement of the formation of the transitional government, in which he is to serve as First Vice President.

According to him, the security issues must be resolved, otherwise the country could sink again into deadly fighting as in 2016, the compulsion to exile following the failure of a peace agreement.

The civil conflict in which the country has been stuck since 2013 has left more than 380,000 people dead and pushed more than four million South Sudanese to flee their homes.

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